Body Protectors – Important Information

From 2024, ie now, BRC will only allow BETA level 3 body protectors with a 2018 blue label in their competitions. If you have body protector with a purple 2000 or 2009 label you will not be allowed to compete. Please check your body protector if you are intending to represent the club in BRC competitions or, when the better weather comes, you want to do cross country training with us.

ARC makes the eight hour trip to compete at Grantham

Ayr Riding Club Team at Grantham, 6 April 2024
Ayr Riding Club Team at Grantham, 6th April 2024.
Congratulations to Rebecca, centre, who came 11th in the individual 70 cm show jumping (out of over 100 entrants).

What’s coming up later this year

The days are now getting longer so it is time to plan for this year! Here are some of the things we are offering for 2024:-

Fun Dressage and Showjumping
April 16th Show jumping was enjoyed by everybody and the weather nearly stayed dry.

May  7th Dressage  (Intro to Elementary and Pairs!) 21st Show jumping

June  11th Show jumping  18th Dressage, July 9th Show jumping, 30th dressage

August  6th Show jumping  13th Dressage, Sept  3rd Dressage

We also have more dates for David Gatherer : 14th May and 25th June, outdoors at Muirmill.

NEW EVENT! Linda Barnes is offering flatwork training at Gainford on Monday 6th May, 6-6.45 pm and 6.45 -7.30 pm. Two people in a lesson and one space at 6.45 pm.

NEW EVENT! Yvonne MacFarlane will be taking flatwork lessons at Ayr Equestrian (new venue) on Monday 13th May. These are 3/4 hr each for two people. Everyone who has been to the first two sessions has got a lot out of them.

Ailsa lessons for May (Change of dates) :- Ailsa’s flatwork lessons at Gainford will be on Wednesdays in May (1st, 15th and 29th at 2 and 3 pm). The 24th April date has been cancelled.

There will be a Trec competition on 5th May at Barskimming. This is on Equo now with full details. It is a beginners’ competition and includes 10 obstacles (PTV), control of paces and a 10 km orienteering section in the Barskimming estate. (Notated maps will be provided). There will only be 30 places so book now!

Summer is coming, hopefully, and the first XC training will be with Debbie Rodwell at Titwood on 25th April.

Combined Training is back! We are holding the first combined training of the year at Muirmill (outside) on Saturday 25th May. Choose your own dressage test (including Prix Caprilli) and our own jumping height for the combination that suits you. You can do just dressage or jumping rather than both if you prefer.

All the training events can be booked through Equo on the Events page, remember to click the box for discount if you are a member of ARC.

Helpers needed! We are doing a lot of training and are starting competitions in April so we are always on the lookout for helpers, if you think you can manage a few hours please email the club on

Congratulations to Rebecca McNab (and the wonderful Dusty) who was awarded the HT80 Individual Quaich at the recent Area 1 AGM.

Good luck to all our members who are competing at Blair Horse Trials in all the various events. Hope you have great time and make some wonderful memories!

The Snoods have arrived!

The snoods have arrived just in time for the cold snap! These can be used as neckwear, headband or balaclava (not like the itchy ones) to keep you cosy. The colours are sand or bright blue with the riding club logo on, are 50 cm long and cost £6 each (Gromit not included). We will be selling them at training events (cash) or by post if you can’t attend training (£2 extra).